Where’s SoCalDevGal in January 2010?

Yes, I am a ‘calendar girl’, planning, planning, planning for 2010 already.  Lots has been filled in to my January 2010 calendar already, so I thought I’d share here. Week 1 – Jan 3 to Jan 9 Sat, Jan 9 -  9am to 5pm – ENVISION high school girls tech con at UCSD (opening speaker)…

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Developing Windows Azure applications – Setup

I’ve been working with Windows Azure (post PDC09 build) to take a look at the basic mechanics of coding and deploying applications.  To that end, I wanted to share what I’ve learned so far in this post. First, I’ll talk about what you need to download and install to get started.  There are several categories…

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Teaching Kids to Program with SmallBasic – Screencasts

I’ve been working on developing more and better material to use to teach kids to program with SmallBasic.  To that end, LLewellyn Falco and I have recorded the first few sessions in a series of screencasts about these methods. These screencasts include the following: 1) How to get set up, i.e. install SmallBasic and SmallBasic…

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Teaching Kids to Program at Microsoft in Irvine, CA on Mon, Dec 21

If your kids are joining us at Microsoft Irvine tomorrow for the testing of ‘Teaching Kids to Program Session’, please be on time (either 9am OR noon OR 3pm), bring a PC laptop if possible. The address is 3 Irvine Plaza, Suite 1600, Irvine (bldg next to Hyatt). You may drop off your children for…

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Teaching Kids to Program – Today’s Lessons Learned

In preparation for some larger scale events in 2010, I am working with a team of volunteers to develop new teaching methods and extensions to SmallBasic  to teach children to code.  Today we had our first live test (with 12 kids aged 9 to 16 – both girls and boys), here’s some of the things…

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Windows Azure information for Architects (includes #PDC09 announcements)

I’m attending the Microsoft Architect Council Presentations today in At the Microsoft office in Irvine, CA.  Our local Architect Evangelist, David Chou is presenting.  Several attendees have asked for his decks so I’ll post them here.  The first deck is an overview of the capabilities of the Windows Azure platform (which includes the announcements from…

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Windows Azure ROI Calculator

Why Azure?  Well, how about saving money?  Need to figure it out – try out the new Windows Azure ROI / TCO calculator After you agree to the terms, then you have to fill in a one page questionnaire.  I put in some sample data to illustrate.  The most interesting question is about the expected…

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Teaching Kids Programming – Extending SmallBasic

I’ve been pair programming with Llewellyn Falco and wanted to share a bit of what we’ve been working on.  We’ve written and published some extensions to SmallBasic on CodePlex and would love your feedback. To use these extensions, you’ll need 1) Small Basic – download it here 2) Small Basic Extensions – download here and…

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Teaching Kids to Code – Graduating from SmallBasic

Regular blog readers may know of my work with Microsoft’s free kid’s coding IDE, SmallBasic as a tool to introduce the fun of coding to DigiGirlz.  As I work with my volunteer developer teams on improving the way we work SmallBasic (more on that later in this post), I am thrilled to see a major…

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SoCalDevGal answers your Windows 7 Developer Questions

Wow what a launch today in Orange, CA!  Thanks to the standing-room only audience this morning.  Because of the crowd size, you were so kind as to send your questions via text messages.  I didn’t have time to answer all of your many questions all at the event, so here are the rest of the…

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